DOVER-FOXCROFT  — Maine’s Foxcroft Academy is the latest school in the state with plans to provide iPad computers for students and teachers.

The program will begin in the fall.

The decision at the private school that serves local communities in the Dover-Foxcroft area, follows a pilot program that provided iPads that were shared among students and staff.

Foxcroft Academy is believed to be the first high school in Maine to use iPads.

The Auburn School District plans to supply its kindergarten pupils with iPads and the Cape Elizabeth school system is planning a pilot program for its high school.

The Bangor Daily News says Foxcroft Academy officials like iPads because they are durable, have no moving parts, can be used to download textbooks and are about half the cost of a laptop.